The Senate is dumping BlackBerry, and it is for good now.
The prehistoric smartphone, diligently searched mainstay on Capitol Hill, will no longer be passed out to Senate staffers following current supply runs dry, in accordance with a notice sent Wednesday. Staffers were place on alert that since BlackBerry has decided to discontinue the unit and there is a limited stock about the Hill, the chamber lacks the approach to replenish the phones once they’re gone.
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“Once we’ve got exhausted our current in-house stock, new device procurements are going to be limited, while supplies last, to warranty exchanges only,” read a Sergeant at Arms note, first reported by Jim Swift.
While most Hill aides have long moved to iPhones or Androids, you will find there’s small, loyal couple of staffers that just can’t quit the dinosaur device.
Some Millennial Hill staffers may scoff at the sentimental attachment, but BlackBerry has shown its worth through the years. When an earthquake shook D.C. this year, BlackBerry messaging was really the only service working while other carriers were overloaded and texts and calls wouldn’t undergo.
Currently, the Senate includes a little more than 600 various BlackBerry models stockpiled, as per the Sergeant at Arms, and device support for current phones is predicted to remain for your “foreseeable future.”